Working Outside, Despite The Heat

Jul 10, 2018

Outdoor workers took the heat again Tuesday, as temperatures spiked into the 90s in some parts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Luis Acosta, was out tending plants in downtown Providence.  He'd been up since 4:30 in the morning but remained upbeat. 

“Stay cool! Drink lots of liquid and water, go in the shade," he said, adding that the weather reminds him of his native Puerto Rico.

"I love summertime instead of wintertime. I come from the island so i'm used to it.”

Luis Acosta and his team in downtown Providence.
Credit Eli Morimoto

Teddie Moore, from Providence, was selling Del’s Lemonade from a stand on Westminster Street.  He said business had been good, but he often had to cross the street to take a break in the shade.

"I feel good," he said. "I have a bunch of loyal customers who come by."

Like Acosta, Moore offered some tips for beating the heat.

"Stay in your AC, stay with your shade, drink lots of water," he said.

On a nearby sidewalk, Jeremiah Daly, from Cumberland, spent the day building cabinets for RISD. He recommended heading to the beach.

“Unfortunately I can’t cause I have work," he's said. "I’m going to the pool when I get home. That’s the number one priority, probably there for a couple of hours.”

Forecasters expect cooler temperatures on Wednesday, with highs in the upper 70s and a slight chance of thunderstorms.